This report covers conditions and observations made on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.
All three of today’s images show different varieties at different stages of bloom around the Salida area. The first photo shows Butte flowers available for pollination along with buds in the popcorn and pink bud stage. It is followed by a Carmel branch with almost all of the flowers available for pollination. Lastly, we see Nonpareil branches in the early stages of petal fall.
Sunshine and clear skies returned to the Northern San Joaquin Valley. Morning lows around 40 degrees quickly rose to their afternoon highs in the upper 60s after some light fog burned off around 8 a.m. Warmer temperatures combined with light winds gave bees nearly optimal conditions for pollination. As flowers begin to shed their petals, observers noted eight very good hours of bee activity.
Bud development continued to advance at a relatively rapid rate in the central region. Sonora continues to shed petals with less than half of the flowers remaining available for pollination. Nonpareil and Monterey continue to have peak numbers of open flowers available for pollination, while California type varieties continue ahead of Nonpareil by a day or two. Carmel has made significant progress this week, moving almost to peak numbers of flowers available for pollination from less than half in two days. Butte and Padre are continuing their rapid progression, with Butte presenting nearly half of their buds for pollination and Padre about a day behind.
Growers with access to available water began irrigating, doing as much as they can to give their trees and potential crop the moisture required for a successful growing season. Bee availability and hive strength have not been an issue in the central region. Plenty of bees have been observed in fields in all of the central region.
|Variety||Dormant||Green Tip||Pink Bud||Popcorn||Bloom||Petal Fall||Jacket||Out of Jacket|
Data reflects a composite of the growing region.